Mature-age Program

We are running a $3.44 million Mature-Age Apprentice Wage-Gap pilot program.

Early in 2021 we launched a pilot program to help offset the extra costs of hiring adult apprentices who bring the benefit of skills, experience and maturity to businesses.  

The $3.44 million Mature-Age Wage Gap pilot program was created after consultation with industry, with feedback around the extra wage cost being a burden for construction industry businesses wanting to hire mature-age apprentices and trainees. It is just one of the ways the levy is contributing to delivering a job-ready, skilled WA construction industry workforce.

The funding, which reduces the gap between mature-age and junior rates applies to 150 apprentices over the age of 21, employed in 9 trades:

  • Brick and block laying
  • Carpentry/carpentry & joinery,
  • Concreting
  • Painting and decorating
  • Plastering
  • Plumbing & gas fitting,
  • Roof plumbing,
  • Wall and ceiling fixing
  • Wall and floor tiling

Employers will save about $16,000 in the first year of a three-year apprenticeship and $23,000 over the term of the apprenticeship.

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Acknowledgement of Country

The Construction Training Fund acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land throughout Western Australia and pay our respect to the Elders both past and present. We thank them for their ongoing custodianship of the lands and waters, and celebrate their rich culture of art, song, dance, language, and stories.